Microwaves are typically a more efficient way of cooking when compared to ovens - particularly if you're heating small portions.
Microwaves work by heating water molecules inside the food to cook in from the inside out. This ends up being quicker and more efficient than an oven, which has to get hot before the food can be cooked from the outside in.
Types of microwave
This is the microwave you'll likely be most familiar with. These microwaves are best for simple tasks such as heating and reheating food or defrosting frozen food.
Microwave with a grill
A little more complex than the microwave only option, these appliances are also equipped with a grill. You still get the same features as a standard microwave, but with the added benefit of being able to grill your food as well. They typically come with metal racks allowing you to position your food as close to the grill as possible.
Combination - or 'combi' - microwaves are more of a miniature oven than a typical microwave. As well as microwave and grilling option, it also uses a convection oven allowing you to cook bigger meals, such as a Sunday roast, quicker and more thoroughly.
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